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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Plan B Fallout at the FDA

The on-line Wall Street Journal's "Evening Wrap" reports (requires paid subscription) this afternoon that "Susan Wood, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health, resigned in protest of the agency's delay in allowing over-the-counter sales of Barr's Plan B 'morning-after' pill. The FDA recently postponed indefinitely a decision about the emergency contraception, saying it wasn't sure it could keep the pill out of the hands of minors. Ms. Wood said the agency's decision ran counter to staff recommendations and suggested it could increase the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Right-to-life groups object to the pill, calling it a form of abortion. FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford promised in recent Senate confirmation hearings that the agency would rule on the drug, which has been in limbo for two years, by Sept. 1. The agency's about-face has raised the ire of Democrats on Capitol Hill." Reuters has the story here. [tm]

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